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Intelligence Blogs
The Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences faculty member Kris Wheaton maintains three blogs that explore issues and concepts in intelligence analysis. There is also the main Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences Blog. Check them out on the links below:
Intelligence Related Links/ALUMNI EMPLOYMENT

Want to learn more about some of the agencies and organizations that our alumni are employed by? Check out the links below.  With over 500 alumni across the world, this list isn’t exhaustive, but will give you an idea of where a degree in inteligence from Mercyhurst University can take you.

National and International Government Agencies and Organizations

Corporations and Organizations

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Want to learn more about some of the professional associations that our faculty and students belong to?  Check out the links below.

Intelligence Publications

The Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst began its own publication arm in 2005 as the Institute began to develop its own intelligence publications.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Intelligence Studies Press since then has developed several publications now available for purchase and is in the process of developing several more. Faculty and students from the Institute have collaborated to develop these specialized publications which will be useful to intelligence students, educators, and professionals.

Wikis and Intelligence Analysis | May 17, 2012

Written By: Kevin Flanagan, JoEllen Marsh, Kathleen Moore, Emily Walker, Kristan Wheaton, and Stephanie Williams, and JoEllen Marsh, Editors

The Analyst’s Cookbook | Jan 30, 2006

Written By: Kristan Wheaton, a 164-page compilation of 16 analytic methods applicable to a variety of intelligence analysis taskings.

Structured Analysis of Competing Hypotheses | Jun 09, 2006 (Currently out of print)

Description: Analytic Methodologies Project 2006, an 80-page booklet explaining an analytic method developed at the MCIIS from the original Analysis of Competing Hypotheses originally developed by Richards Heuer.

The Analyst’s Style Manual | Jan 01, 2008

The Analyst’s Style Manual

Description: MCIIS, a 60-page manual to guide intelligence analysts in dealing with basic grammar, spelling and abbreviation rules, as well as basic writing principles.

Walking Through the Halls of Intelligence: A Second Look at Recent Graduate Research | Feb 01, 2009

Description: Mercyhurst University Intelligence Communications Class 2007-2008, a look at a dozen research theses authored by Mercyhurst University Intelligence Studies master’s degree candidates since 2006.

Accreditation

Mercyhurst University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267-284-5000).  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is driven by several core values and strives to ensure that all accredited institutions fulfill their claimed purposes and satisfying the public’s expectations. Mercyhurst University is certified by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia as well.

 

Non Degree Online Courses

Online courses may be taken by interested parties as stand-alone educational opportunities. Please see information below on available graduate non-degree educational opportunities.

INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO TARGETING

This course will introduce students to Intelligence Support to Targeting.  Students will learn the basics of the Joint Targeting Cycle and examine the intricacies of how intelligence can drive operations.  An understanding of the historical context that formed the basis for the current United States targeting process will be presented to students as well as various technical aspects of the trade.

As a current Chief of Targets for a US Combatant Command the instructor is approaching the class from the perspective of a practitioner.  The student will compare and contrast the contemporary processes with the historical examples and case studies spanning World War One to modern times.  The student will participate in group discussions, debate pro’s and con’s of controversial topics related to targeting and will ultimately gain the foundation necessary to understanding how targeting provides the nexus between intelligence and operations.

Course Goals: The learner will have developed the tools, knowledge base, and practice skills to be better prepared to inform and advise a decision-maker in the field, of potential strategies of targeting-related issues.  The learner will also become well versed in the importance of the inter-relationship between operations and intelligence and will understand the crucial part that intelligence plays in the greater targeting effort.

Instructor: John C. Weinstein

Tuition and Fees

TUITION (per 3-credit course): $2,319.00
REGISTRATION FEE: 45.00
TECHNOLOGY FEE: 65.00
TOTAL: $2,429.00

Payment Procedure

Students will be billed directly and will make payment directly to Mercyhurst University. Participating students will be registered and billed $2,429.00 for the class.

Payment in full may be made directly to the college by check or money order. Payment plans and credit card payments are administered by Tuition Management Services (TMS). Please contact them at 1-800-722-4867 or www.afford.com if you wish to pay by credit card. A processing fee will be charged to the cardholder by TMS.

Tuition Deferment/Company Tuition Reimbursement

Mercyhurst University allows you to delay payment of your current term bill up until an agreed upon date (usually 30 days) following the release of your course grades. This gives most employees enough time to receive their tuition reimbursement from their employers, and then pay their current term bill with the reimbursed funds. Importantly, the employee, not the employer, is ultimately responsible for all financial obligations to the college.

Student Financial Services requires documentation and an up-front deposit for the deferment of tuition for students who are company reimbursed.  That means sending in the form and $125 before the due date in order to participate in the course.  The $125 is not a fee, but a deposit –part of your tuition.  The rest of your payment, then, is required within 30 days after the end of the term.  The form for company reimbursement can be found here.

Recalculation Policy for Refunds

The Student Financial Services office will make the necessary recalculation adjustments to the student’s account when the student adds, drops, or withdraws from a class during a term. Charges will be recalculated according to the following schedule:

On or before the first day of class – 100% Refunded
Up to and including calendar day 8 – 100%
Calendar days 9 – 15 – 80%
Calendar days 16 – 22 – 70%
Calendar day 23 and later – 0%

Apply

Please complete this application >> INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO TARGETING APPLICATION

Send official transcripts (either hard-copy or secure email service) and application to:

Linda Bremmer
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546 USA
lbremmer@mercyhurst.edu 
 

For More Information

Ms. Linda Bremmer, Director of Online Programs
Department of Intelligence Studies
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546-0001 USA
814-824-2170 (EST)
lbremmer@mercyhurst.edu 

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE

This course explores the theory and practice of competitive intelligence (CI) — including its processes, organizational structures, and products.  Today CI is a core decision-support function in firms everywhere.  In this course, we consider questions such as: What is competitive intelligence? How does it differ from market research and other, more conventional, streams of management information? What is its role in strategic decision-making and action? What benefit does it provide to executive decision-makers?

Course Goal:  The principal goal of the course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the purpose and processes of the discipline, including its parallels with national security intelligence.  Students will also learn why, as Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School argues, that, “[t]o be effective, there is the need for an organized mechanism –some sort of competitor intelligence system — to insure that the [competitor analysis] process is efficient.”

Instructor: Douglas Bernhardt

Tuition and Fees

TUITION (per 3-credit course): $2,319.00
REGISTRATION FEE: 45.00
TECHNOLOGY FEE: 65.00
TOTAL: $2,429.00

Payment Procedure

Students will be billed directly and will make payment directly to Mercyhurst University. Participating students will be registered and billed $2,429.00 for the class.

Payment in full may be made directly to the college by check or money order. Payment plans and credit card payments are administered by Tuition Management Services (TMS). Please contact them at 1-800-722-4867 or www.afford.com if you wish to pay by credit card. A processing fee will be charged to the cardholder by TMS.

Tuition Deferment/Company Tuition Reimbursement

Mercyhurst University allows you to delay payment of your current term bill up until an agreed upon date (usually 30 days) following the release of your course grades. This gives most employees enough time to receive their tuition reimbursement from their employers, and then pay their current term bill with the reimbursed funds. Importantly, the employee, not the employer, is ultimately responsible for all financial obligations to the college.

Student Financial Services requires documentation and an up-front deposit for the deferment of tuition for students who are company reimbursed.  That means sending in the form and $125 before the due date in order to participate in the course.  The $125 is not a fee, but a deposit –part of your tuition.  The rest of your payment, then, is required within 30 days after the end of the term.  The form for company reimbursement can be found there:

Recalculation Policy for Refunds

The Student Financial Services office will make the necessary recalculation adjustments to the student’s account when the student adds, drops, or withdraws from a class during a term. Charges will be recalculated according to the following schedule:

On or before the first day of class – 100% Refunded
Up to and including calendar day 8 – 100%
Calendar days 9 – 15 – 80%
Calendar days 16 – 22 – 70%
Calendar day 23 and later – 0%

Apply

Please complete this application >> COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE APPLICATION

Send official transcripts (either hard-copy or secure email service) and application to:

Linda Bremmer
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546 USA
lbremmer@mercyhurst.edu 
 

For More Information

Ms. Linda Bremmer, Director of Online Programs
Department of Intelligence Studies
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546-0001 USA
814-824-2170 (EST)
lbremmer@mercyhurst.edu

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